- Monday Monday -- Mamas & the Papas
- "The Boxer" -- Simon and Garfunkel (not the crap version by Mumford)
- "Crazy" - Patsy Cline
"Nothing Compares 2 U" - Sinead O'Connor
"No Easy Way Down" - Dusty Springfield
"Bridge Over Troubled Water" - Simon & Garfunkel
"Kentucky Rain" - Elvis Presley
- Carly Simon, That's The Way I've Always Heard It Should Be
- Everybody Hurts (Sometimes)
- Leon Russell-A Song For You
- Bonnie Raitt, I Can't Make You Love Me
- You Don't Know Me -- Ray Charles
Wasted Days and Wasted Nights -- Freddie Fender
Only Yesterday -- The Carpenters
In My Life -- The Beatles
Crazy Arms -- Patsy Cline
- What's New - Sinatra
What's New - Sinatra
Angel - Aretha Franklin
Come Saturday Morning - Sandpipers
Friends - Elton John
Got To Be There - Michael Jackson
Pretty Ballerina - Left Banke
Expecting To Fly - Buffalo Springfield
The Makings of You - Gladys Knight and the Pips
Marie - Randy Newman
People Make The World Go Round - Stylistics
Wichita Lineman - Glen Campbell
Everybody's Talkin' - Nilsson
Ode To Billy Joe - Bobby Gentry
And all of OP's songs
- Love's a Losing Game
- Is That All There Is? - Peggy Lee
My Funny Valentine
Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue
Help Me Make It Through The Night - Sammi Smith
Sunday Morning Coming Down - Johnny Cash
For the Good Times - Ray Price
Only Love Can Break A Heart - Gene Pitney
- There's a good way to be sad ??? Please let me in on that! These are my wrist-slitters:
Living All Alone - Phyllis Hyman
Superstar - Better Midler
Til It Happens To You - Corinne Bailey Rae
This House Is Empty Now - Bacharach/Elvis Costello
May The Music Never End - Shirley Horn
Come Down In Time - Lani Hall
Blue Eyes - Elton John
A Taste Of Honey - Lizz Wright
Desiree - Laura Nyro
Brother, Brother - Esther Phillips
Cowboys & Angels - George Michael
On Broadway - Little Jimmy Scott
Fascination - Everything But The Girl
Has Anyone Ever Written Anything For You - Stevie Nicks
Easy For You To Say - Linda Ronstadt
You're Not The Man - Sade
When Your Life Was Low - Lalah Hathaway
Anything by The Carpenters
- It Might as Well Rain until September -- Carole King
Crying -- Roy Orbison
Stardust -- Willie Nelson
Heroes and Villains -- Beach Boys
- Rollercoaster - Everything But The Girl
Silver Springs - Fleetwood Mac
Close Your Eyes - James Taylor
Heart of Gold - Neil Young
Carried Away - Crosby Stills & Nash
- "Without You" - Harry Nilsson
- "Nebraska" - Cash Brothers
"Tom's Diner" (a cappella version) - Suzanne Vega
- Goin' Back - Dusty Springfield
Gentle Stranger. - Captain & Tennille
Houses. - Judy Collins
- Living All Alone-Phyllis Hyman
Old Friend-Phyllis Hyman
No Ordinary Love-Sade
A Song For You-Donny Hathaway
A House Is Not A Home-take your pick as many singers have sung it with Dionne Warwick as the original but my personal favorite is Luther Vandross' version
Superstar-again, plenty of versions but Luther's is very moving
I Don't Wanna Cry-Mariah Carey
Sarah McLachlan has a bunch of sad songs that are moving too
- The "Ave Maria", whether instrumental or vocal. I'm always reminded of my Granny.
- Melissa - Allman Bros.
- Sally's Pigeons - Cyndi Lauper
Hello - Jason Gould
- This House - Alison Moyet
- Go West, the Pet Shop Boys version. I always think of my handsome young friend Bill, who moved to LA and died way too early of the AIDS.
- "Sentimental Lady" Bob Welch
"Wildfire" Michael Martin Murphey
"Turn the Page" Bob Seegar
"Here you Come Again" Dolly Parton
- Sandy Denny: "At the End of the Day"
Richard & Linda Thompson "The Poor Boy is Taken Away"
Led Zeppelin "That's the Way"
"How Glad I Am" Nancy Wilson or Ellen Foley's versions-luv 'em both.
Glenn Yarbrough "The Lonely Things"
Procol Harum "New Lamps for Old"
Hmmm..2 & 5 are a little dark. But then, sometimes you gotta go there first to get to "sad in a good way".
Nothing that you didn't know
- ENOUGH, List Queens. Post one or two choices, that's it. If you post a ridiculous, long list, NO ONE READS IT. I know you want everyone to admire your brilliance for being able to think of so many different answers, but no one gives a fuck about being inside your brain.
- Don't Stop Believin' - GLEE cast, but I like the new version Rachel does during her audition, especially the video.
Go ahead. Call me Mary. I miss Finn.
- November Rain Guns and Roses
Famous Blue Raincoat (Live Cover Version by Tori Amos)
- Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - The Carpenters
One Less Bell to Answer - The 5th Dimension
- Lots of versions of "Silent Night," "O, Holy Night," and "Adeste Fideles" (Latin only).
- Philadelphia - Neil Young. Game over.
- Nobody's thanked you, Mary Martinet R27
I don't think anyone admires you for making multiple posts of single entries, either-what precisely, if anything AT ALL, is your point?
I'll post as I see fit, within reason. And you can go squat on a snowcone, lover. Or practice your Roman salute in a leather jockstrap in the bathroom mirror, whatever.
For what it's worth, I like your choices. Now if you'll excuse me, the coffee's ready.
R26, and proud of it.
- I like single entries, too, R26. Pride has nothing to do with it, readability everything. I can simply read single entry posts more clearly than long lists.
- The Living Years - Mike and the Mechanics
My father is alive, but it still makes me tear up.
- "Like To Get To Know You" by Spanky & Our Gang (the version with the coda). I think this is the best example of a song that sounds sad for a reason that I totally can't explain.
- YES, R36. Totally agree about that song.
I can't promise that I'll love you / But I'd like to get to know you ...
- "I'm Not Talking about Moving In" is similar, R36. I've always hated this song.
- Take the 12 inch dildo out of your ass R27 you don't run this site-if we want to post lists of our selections, that's our right. It's more logical for each poster to list multiple songs in 1 post than make numerous posts with 1 or 2 songs. It's not our fault if your reading level can't handle something a bit longer.
- Sinatra does it for me, with four albums worth (Where Are You?, In the Wee Small Hours, No One Cares and Sinatra Sings Only the Lonely).
"Don't Worry 'Bout Me" and "One for My Baby" always get me, as does his 1963 live version (piano only) "I Have Dreamed". Flawless.
- kd lang - Golden Slumbers
- Wrecking Ball
- Empty Garden by Elton John once I heard him say that it was written about John Lennon.
"Hey Johnny can you come out to play in my empty garden."
- Someone Like You...but this cover. Amazing.
- That is good, R44.
DON'T CLOSE YOUR EYES gets me. Even more so if I'm singing it. It plugs into an unrequited love.
- LuPone's Where Heart Resides, Real Emotional Girl
Buckley's Come On Come On
Julie Andrew's Grazy World
- Garth Brooks - The Dance
- [quote]Julie Andrew's Grazy World
I'm afraid you've made some typos. That should be "Julie Andrews' Graxy World."
- St. Vincent's "Actor Out of Work."
One of the best and simplest videos I've ever seen.
- Bizarre Love Triangle - New Order
- [quote] Take the 12 inch dildo out of your ass R27
Fuck you, List Queen. No one cares about your post with 20 items in it. And I can take WAY more than 12 inches.
I can take 13.
I can take 14.
I can take 15.
Shall I list more?
- The Last Song by Elton John. I love this song. It's a great one.
- What'll I Do - Irving Berlin.
Oddly, I love the version Bea Arthur does on the Golden Girls.
- "Angel Mine" - Cowboy Junkies
- R51 you're clearly the only one who has a problem with the normal and logical idea of making lists. We get it-you can't handle too many words in 1 post. Not our problem. Go look at tumblr so you'll see more pictures than words. I'm sure you can take more than 12 inches-whiners like you tend to be insatiable, loose, sloppy bottoms whose rectums are falling out.
- kd lang singing "Hallelujah"
- "It's A Beautiful Day" Louis Armstrong.
- Lover You Should've Come Over - Jeff Buckley
The Maker - Dave Matthews' version (originally done by Daniel Lanois)
- Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
Bittersweet memories of loved ones gone too soon.
- I love Latin songs. Sometimes you don't need to understand the words; it's all in the emotions that are conveyed, like this.
Alejandra Guzman - Algo Que No Esta
It describes a couple that are together and are trying desperately to hold on to each other, with the unspoken realization that "there's something that isn't there anymore, and that refuses to return." Very sad, but sometimes, facing that realization is ironically empowering...and liberating.
- Follow That Road - Anne Hills
Cry every time I listen to it.
- I love this version on "Crying" in Spanish from Mulholland Dr. Great scene! Very odd, and sad. I wish the subtitles weren't so in-your-face though.
- Happy Birthday
- Yesterday When I Was Young
- Be My Downfall by Del Amitri. So many of their songs resonate with me (Always The Last To Know, Some Other Suckers Parade) but Be My Downfall always brings back bittersweet memories.
- Maybe September Tony Bennett
Autumn Leaves Nat King Cole
Diamonds and Rust Joan Baez
Urge for Going Joni Mitchell
Mama Bake a Pie Tom T. Hall
Marathon Cowboy Junkies
- Lost Cause, Beck
- The Circle Game, by either Tom Rush or Joni Mitchell (though I heard Tom Rush's version years before Joni's).
- Anthem, Leonard Cohen
- Blue Rodeo - Hasn't Hit Me Yet
- "Of Missing Persons," the song Jackson Browne wrote for Lowell George's daughter Inara after LG died. Gets me every time.
- Almost every track from Joni Mitchell's album Hejira.
Too many other artists and songs to list.
- r64 Lena's version is OK, but can't compare with Roy Clark's. I wonder how many people hear that song, and say, "Yeah, that's me."?
- Everyone's chosen great songs.
My two favorite have already been mentioned
Help Me Make It Through The Night - Sammi Smith
Everybody's Talkin' - Nilsson
and, yes, the whole Hejira album by Joni Mitchell
- Not a Day Goes By
No-one is Alone
I Wish I Could Forget You
I Won't Send Roses
- Here's Roy Clark,r73. You're right. His version is sublime,too.
- Being Boring - Pet Shop Boys
Llorando - Rebekah Del Rio
Mother's Pride- George Michael
- "The Pretender" by Jackson Browne.
"Caught between the longing for love
And the struggle for the legal tender"
- Blue Moon - Bobby Vinton
- For All We Know
- "Me & Little Andy" by Dolly Parton. She wrote lots of sad songs but this one is brutal. In a good way.
"Maybe This Christmas" by Ron Sexsmith. I cry almost every time I hear it.
- Desperado. Story of my (wannabe) life.
- "As Tears Go By" - Marianne Faithfull
- "Where Do You Start?" sung by Nancy LaMott
- "Mr. Sandman" by the Chordettes.
- "Yesterday, When I Was Young" sung by Lena Horne just decimates me.
"He Was Too Good To Me" sung by Barbara Cook makes me misty eyed.
"I'll Be Home For Christmas" sung by Nancy LaMott has, on occasion, brought me to sobs.
- Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley
Ave Maria. It was played at my grandmother's funeral.
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas. Carpenters and Judy Garland's version.
- "Alone Again, Naturally" sung by Nina Simone. It's so heart- breakingly bitter, and yet, so full of love. I sob when it's over.
- "Only the Lonely" by The Motels.
- "Looking for Space" John Denver
"Only a Dream" Mary Chapin Carpenter
- The Oogum Bogum song.
- And I Think It's Gonna Rain Today. Randy Newman
- "Jealousy" Pet Shop Boys
"One Moment in Time" Whitney Houston
"Burbujas de Amor" Juan Juis Guerra
"Lonely People" America
"The Dance" Garth Brooks
"At Last" Etta James
"I'll Never Find Another You" The Seekers
"Our Last Summer" Abba
"Vincent (Starry Starry Night" Don McLean
- "Loving Blind" Clint Black
"Where Do Broken Hearts Go" Whitney Houston
"I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Miserable (I Like the Randi Graff version best)
"I Started a Joke" and "For Whom the Bell Tolls" The Bee Gees
"A Volte Il Cuore" Andrea Boccelli
"Te Regalo una Rosa" Juan Luis Guerra
"Blackhole Sun" SoundGarden
"All Out of Love" Air Supply
- "L'Attesa" Andrea Boccelli
"Home" Michael Buble'
"Moon River" Andy Williams
"The Way Old Friends Do" Abba
- Coming Around again by Carly Simon
Human Nature by Michael Jackson
Heartbreak Warfare by John Mayer
- Time Alan Parsons Project
- "It Might as Well Rain until September" by Carole King.
The Helen Shapiro cover of that song is great, but it's not nearly as sad.
- I second "Moon River".
Also, "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)". Something about it makes me think of being in NYC at 4am on a summer's morning, tipsy, and wondering what I'm going to do with my life.
- [quote]Alan Parsons Project
Wow! I used to listen to them back in the 70s. I was sure the neighbors thought I was sacrificing lambs in my kitchen.
- Broken Wing by Juice Newton.
- Ooops. It's not Broken Wing by Juice Newton...it's "Rainbow Sleeve" by Ricky lee Jones.
Could never tell them apart
- Still the definitive sad song, lambs or not
- Several Sondheim songs:
Being Alive (Company)
Losing My Mind (Follies)
Sunday (Sunday In the Park With George)
Send In The Clowns (A Little Night Music)
- Landslide - Stevie Nicks / Fleetwood Mac
- The Way We Were
- This thread is filled with people who have awful taste. Staring with OP and that fat cunt Linda Ronstadt.
- r107 - Barry Manilow
- Empty Chairs - Don McLean
I thought I Was A Child - Jackson Browne
Ending of Song - Orleans
I'm Sorry - John Denver
- Thanks to those who are posting links to the Youtube vids! The DL inline feature makes them easy to watch.
Here's Christelle's version of Alone.
- "A House is not a Home" written by Burt Bacharach, sung by Dusty Springfield
- My Herat belongs to me
- Who Knows Where The Time Goes
- Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
- "Danny Boy"
"Reflection Of My Life" Marmalade
- Phantom of the Opera - Title Song. The entire story is tragic. This is beautiful.